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the scale of the devastation left by hurricane irma as it tears through the caribbean is beginning to emerge. barbuda has suffered massive destruction to its roads, schools, shops, water and power supplies. the extent of the destruction in barbuda is unprecedented. in fact, i'm of the view that as this stands now, that barbuda is barely habitable. this is the moment it struck st martin, severing communications and destroying the airport. parts of the island are unreachable. what we experienced, it's like something you see in a horror movie. last night was a horrible experience. my mum cried and my brother woke me up. i was frightened. as the united nations warns that as many as 37 million people could be affected, we'll have reports from across the region. also this lunchtime: mps begin their scrutiny of the government's main brexit bill, which aims to end the primacy of eu law in the uk.
this bill simply brings european union law into uk law, ensuring that, where ever, possible the rules and laws are the same after exit as before. tens of thousands of muslim rohingya refugees continue to pour into bangladesh from neighbouring myanmar. and prince george is dropped off for his first day at school by his dad. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: an early wicket forjames anderson in the deciding test against west indies at lord's, as he edges ever closer to becoming the first englishman to take 500 test wickets. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. one of the most powerful storms on record — hurricane irma — is continuing to devastate parts
of the caribbean. it has almost completely destroyed the islands of barbuda and st martin — ten people, including a child, have been killed — and it's feared that number will rise. the storm has now moved past puerto rico, where it knocked out power for around a million people. it is currently heading for the dominican republic, and is due to hit cuba tomorrow, and florida in the united states at the weekend. there are fears for the safety of a number of britons in the area. this morning, the government announced it was making £12 million available for disaster relief. in a moment we'll be speaking to our correspondents live in cuba and florida, but first with all the latest, here'sjon donnison. hurricane irma — a storm the size of france — has left a trail of destruction. on the tiny island of barbuda, barely a building left untouched. my whole house caved in. it was seven of us, and all we had to do was to pray and call for help.
i was frightened. i didn't know this was going to happen to me. last night was the most devastating experience i ever had in my life, and i'm almost 60. me and my family of seven, including an infant of two months, had to shelter in a closet. hundreds of families here now find themselves homeless. my house, i lose my home, i lose my shop, also my vehicle, everything damaged. and right now, i don't have nowhere to go to sleep. we had cars flying over our heads, we had containers, 40 foot containers flying left and right, and the story that you're getting from most of the residents here is that the eye of the storm camejust in time. persons were literally tying themselves to their roots with ropes, to keep them down. barbuda's prime minister said the island was now barely habitable.
what i saw was heart—wrenching. i mean, absolutely devastating. i would say that about 95% of the properties will have suffered some level of damage. they would have lost at least a part of their roofs. some have lost the whole roof, some properties have been totally demolished. it is absolutely heart—wrenching. with much of the island's infrastructure destroyed, aid agencies now face the difficult task of getting help to those in need. the damage in barbuda is none like we've ever seen before. we're talking about everything being completely destroyed. it's electricity, it's roads, it's water, it's it's churches, it's supermarkets, shops, everything. there is literally nothing that currently exists in barbuda right now. and imagine the terror of being caught up in this.
this is the neighbouring island of st martin, getting hammered. sustained winds of 185 miles an hour. more than 70,000 people live on the low—lying island which is made up of dutch and french territories. the power of irma everywhere to see. shipping containers tossed around like lego bricks. the authorities here are warning the death toll is likely to rise. and it's not over yet. the un is now warning irma could affect 37 million people. these remarkable pictures, taken from the international space station, show the storm tracking north—west towards the dominican republic, haiti and cuba. its forecast to hit the florida coast at the weekend. irma is farfrom
irma is far from finished and already on the horizon in this brutal hurricane season, are hurricanes jose and brutal hurricane season, are hurricanesjose and katya. jon donnison, bbc news. well, let's get the latest on the path of hurricane irma and where it's heading, here's chris fawkes. thank you. you might remember yesterday we were talking about this category five hurricane, the second strongest hurricane outside of the pacific basin that we have seen on record. their strongest was hurricane alan in 1980. you might remember it came onshore first of all yesterday, making its first la ndfall all yesterday, making its first landfall in barbuda. it has caused catastrophic damage here. indeed, the prime minister gaston revol described bermuda as being barely habitable. we expected winds gusting to 225 miles an hour. this was a storm at its peak, barbuda was in the wrong place. from their networked north—westwards made a second landfall across the island of
st martin. again, causing catastrophic damage. one of the local councillors on the island talked about 85% of the building being damage. —— 95%. then it went north—west enduring yesterday evening time, our time, north—west enduring yesterday evening time, ourtime, it north—west enduring yesterday evening time, our time, it went across the british virgin islands, particularly the northern group, bringing huge falls of rain, really strong winds and a massive storm surge is expected as well. since then, overnight bringing torrential rain to porto rico but the centre of the storm, with the strongest hurricane winds have stayed off to the north coast. the ring could still cause problems. for dominican republic and haiti, brain as well. this is heading towards the turks and caicos islands. about midnight hourtime, and caicos islands. about midnight hour time, about seven o'clock local time, we are expecting it to make la ndfall time, we are expecting it to make landfall once again. we could see some big damage here because the winds are still gusting to around 220 miles an hour, so is still a very powerful category five
hurricane. as well as that, we talked about the storm surge yesterday, the big wall of water you get with hurricanes of the storm surge that will be working into the turks and caicos islands and across the bahamas could reach 20 foot high in places. that will cause catastrophic damage. it is notjust about the winds, but the storm surge and torrential rain to come. as a storm does widespread damage and then swinging up towards florida just in time for sunday. thank you. the latest from puerto rico now, where at least half of the island's homes and businesses have been without power. our correspondent laura bicker is there. how are people coping? as the hurricane came through overnight, people took shelter. there was real concern, especially having seen what had happened in the eastern caribbean. bits of ruth went flying, there is debris on much of the road. however, the real concern
right now is the power supplies. at least 22 hospitals without power, running generator power and we're hearing from the power company could be 4—6 months before full supplies are be 4—6 months before full supplies a re restored. we be 4—6 months before full supplies are restored. we heard from authorities here that are trying to get in touch the thousands in remote areas of this island, to make sure they are safe, but there is a feeling here, as they emerge in the daylight and realise right now many of the structures remain intact, there is a collective sigh of relief. remember, the eye of the hurricane brushed the top of this island that did not give a direct hit and that may have saved many lives. thank you, laura bicker there. our correspondent will grant is in the cuban capital havana. the hurricane is heading to cuba,
people must be bracing themselves? they are. they are watching these images coming out of the eastern caribbean and listening to those testimonies we've heard with real trepidation. there is great nervousness here now. it has picked up nervousness here now. it has picked up over the last 2a hours, as people have appreciated just how severe this storm will be. people are going out and trying to find sufficient supplies of clean drinking water, petros, to run generators with, to board up their homes as best they can. the government has issued evacuation orders for part of the eastern tip of the island from guantanamo to mata nzas eastern tip of the island from guantanamo to matanzas province. there are thousands of tourists caught up in this as well. many holiday—makers from all over the world who are relying on the cuban government to help them get away from those low—lying coastal areas, where the popular resorts are, and on their own embassies as well. there are questions in cuba that
remain about how severe this storm will be and how much rainfall it will be and how much rainfall it will dump, affecting not just will be and how much rainfall it will dump, affecting notjust cubans on the cuban government that governments around the world who are focusing on their people who are here at the moment. will grant, many thanks. cbs correspondent meg oliver is in miami, florida. hurricane irma is expected to hit florida at the weekend. what sort of precautions are being taken? mandatory evacuations are going into effect here along miami beach. at noon today. there are people out along the beach right now and a few people even in the water, taking a last minute dip but authorities are urging people to take precautions. people are boarding up, they are filling up their tanks with gas and hitting the road. the big thing with this storm, they do want anyone to get stuck on the highway. they are urging people to do their preparation today, tomorrow at the
absolute latest, and saturday the wind and rain will start to pick up before storm makes landfall on sunday. they don't want anyone on the road on saturday or sunday. meg, thank you. cbs reporter meg. mps have begun debating the eu withdrawal bill, which will end a0 years of the supremacy of eu law in the uk and will convert existing eu laws into domestic ones. many mps, including some conservative backbenchers, have expressed concerns. labour will vote against the bill as it stands, calling it a power grab by the government. our political correspondent, chris mason, reports. take back control, the winning mantra of the leave campaign in the eu referendum and now the government'sjob to eu referendum and now the government's job to make a reality. that means bringing back powers from brussels to westminster, and it's what the eu withdrawal bill is all about. secretary david davis studied up
this lunchtime the man responsible for turning it into law told mps it was vital, because... it insures on the day we leave businesses know where they stand. workers‘ rights are upheld and consumers remain protected. this bill is vital to ensuring that as we leave, we do so in an orderly manner. and so begins the wrangling in fair, in parliament, on delivering brexit. this planned new law intends to change everything by changing nothing, cutting and pasting vast swathes of eu law and turning it into uk law the day after brexit. it will dominate proceedings here for months to come. labour say ministers are trying to avoid scrutiny of their plans. the decision to leave the eu has already been taken. what we are concerned with is how that should be done and the government is essentially saying that is down to us, we don‘t need the involvement of parliament. it is a real power grab.
today‘s debate is generating international attention. the biggest change in how we are governed for over a0 yea rs. change in how we are governed for over a0 years. unprecedented, complicated and the source of many a row still to come. chris mason, bbc news, at wet —— westminster. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. how big a battle is mrs may facing over this brexit bill? you get a sense of just how over this brexit bill? you get a sense ofjust how high the stakes are by listening to the brexit secretary david davis, who told mps this bill is crucial, essential, vital. why? because it paves the way for our departure from the eu. it is the legislative gangplank to quitting europe, because it repeals the legislation which took us into the legislation which took us into the then european common market, way backin the then european common market, way back in the 1970s. for that reason it isa back in the 1970s. for that reason it is a big green brute of a bill.
more than 60 pages, which means there is ample opportunity for critical mps to tackle numerous amendments for staying in the single market, the customs union, demanding mps have more say over the shape of legislation. it provides many possibilities to delay, to dent or even derail brexit. and that means mrs may has to tread an extraordinarily precarious path, because she has a tiny majority. i think the truth is we are at the start of possibly months of attrition or tussle here in the house of commons, with endless late—night debates, knife edge votes as mrs may tries to steer through the commons the legislation taking us the commons the legislation taking us out of the european union. norman, thank you. so, what are the details of the bill being debated and why are opposition parties threatening to try to block it? chris morris, from our reality check team, can tell us more. it began life in a prime ministerial speech as the great repeal bill, then it became simply the repeal bill and now we‘re
working with its official title, the rather more prosaic european union withdrawal bill. here‘s where it‘ll end up — with all the other vellum scrolls in the houses of parliament going back centuries. what does it do? well, it‘s a complex mix of constitutional change and legal continuity. firstly, it repeals the 1972 european communities act that took the uk into what was then known as the european economic community. the repeal would come into effect on the day of brexit — which, until anyone decides otherwise, will be march 29th, 2019. secondly, the bill will transfer eu rules and regulations wholesale into uk law to avoid legal and financial chaos when we leave. we‘re talking here about an estimated 19,000 separate pieces of legislation, a vast body of law that has developed over more than a0 years. so, a new category of domestic law will be created called retained eu law.
after brexit, any of it could then be amended or repealed by the uk parliament. thirdly, and perhaps most controversially, the bill will channel this man, henry viii, who knew a thing or two about trying to take back control from europe. this is all about what are known as henry viii clauses, named after the statute of proclamations of 1539, which gave henry the power to legislate by proclamation. the modern—day equivalent gives ministers and officials the power to make changes to some laws without full parliamentary scrutiny. this has set alarm bells ringing in many quarters. there are those who argue that it will undermine the ultimate sovereignty of parliament, and those who worry that eu laws that cover things such as workers‘ rights or environmental protection could be changed on the quiet. the government says none of that is going to happen, but there is another point of contention — the role of the devolved parliaments and assemblies in scotland, wales and northern ireland. the first ministers of scotland and wales have described
the withdrawal bill as a naked power grab because it returns all powers from the eu to the uk parliament, rather than to the devolved administrations. all in all, then, there are massive challenges for the government, as it embarks on the daunting legislative task of turning brexit policy into practice. well, let‘s cross now to our correspondent in brussels, damian grammaticas, who‘s been listening to a news conference by the eu‘s chief negotiator. yes, there are a couple of highlights to pick out from this. michel barnierfirst highlights to pick out from this. michel barnier first talked about theissue michel barnier first talked about the issue of ireland. the eu has released a new paper which says it is determined to try to minimise impacts to the people of ireland, north and south of the border, but interestingly, the eu says the onus is on the uk to come up to that ——,
with the solutions because it is the uk's with the solutions because it is the uk‘s decision to quit the customs union and single market. the uk wants to use ireland as a kind of test case for the future of that eu— uk customs relations. this will not happen. creativity and flexibility cannot be at the expense of the integrity of the single market michel barnier basically saying they would be flexible on ireland, that would be flexible on ireland, that would not extend to the rest of the deal on board as elsewhere. but interestingly on the financial settlement, i have been very disappointed by the uk position, it appears to be backtracking on commitments made at the start of the negotiation process to honour its financial obligations and he urged
the uk to go back, look at the legal argument, because that eu position as the financial commitment was approved by david cameron as prime minister, approved by the uk parliament and must, as things stand, he cannot recommend there is sufficient progress to move on to the interim position deal either future trade deal. thank you. our top story this lunchtime... hurricane irma has left ireland is destroyed and at least ten people killed. the extent of the destruction in barbuda is unprecedented. as it stands now, it is barely habitable. birmingham has been named as the english candidate to stage the 2022 commonwealth games. they beat liverpool to the honour, but the government must now decide whether to put forward a formal bid. 16a,000 rohingya muslim
refugees have now fled into bangladesh from neighbouring myanmar, which was formerly burma. they say they‘ve been escaping an upsurge of violence against them. in a moment, we‘ll hear from our correspondent, jonathan head, who‘s in myanmar. but first, this report from sanjoy majumder on the bangladesh side of the border. more rohingya refugees have come into bangladesh today from myanmar. and you can just see how congested it has become. there is absolutely no space. they are all on the road. now, over here, they have brought in bamboo. this is to construct new tents for the fresh arrivals. the existing camp itself is in dreadful shape. extremely crowded, conditions unhygienic. now, aid agencies are very concerned. they say, apart from food, there is an urgent need for medical support. msf, the humanitarian agency, says many of the new refugees
have gunshot wounds, injuries, and therefore, they need as much support as possible. earlier, our correspondent, jonathan head, sent this account from rakhine state, in myanmar, from where the rohingya refugees have fled. the government has brought us here. it does not normally allow journalists or any foreigners into this region without special permission because it wants to challenge the narrative that the rest of the world is hearing from the many refugees, the tens of thousands who have been fleeing into bangladesh. so they have been taking us to various sites, showing us examples of destruction and letting us talk to people and all of them are sticking to the same story which is that it is the muslim militants who have infiltrated rohingya communities. of course, they don‘t use the word rohingya.
it is pretty much banned in this part of the world. but they are saying that the muslim communities were infiltrated by these militants and it was the militants themselves who burned down these villages. what you can see here is the remains of perhaps four or five houses, apparently lived in by muslim inhabitants who are now being looked after next door in the buddhist temple that you can see behind me. it is very hard for us to challenge this narrative. everyone we are speaking to, we are doing so while in the company of police, heavily armed police, and government officials. we have heard some dissenting views when we have been able to talk quietly to people, but this is the message the government wants to get across, that it is not their fault. the security forces have denied any abuses at all, all those allegations of rape and shooting, and they are saying that all of the burning, the hundreds of villages that have been burnt down, every part of it is the responsibility of the militants themselves and nothing to do with the government. jonathan head there reporting from myanmar. universities in england could face fines if they fail to justify paying their vice—chancellors more than the prime minister‘s salary of £150,000.
universities ministerjo johnson says he wants to see greater transparency and accountability. gillian hargreaves is at brunel university in west london for us. is this effectively a cap on vice—chancellors‘ salaries? well, it certainly sounds like a government minister trying to clip the wings of vice chancellors. this morning jojohnson the wings of vice chancellors. this morning jo johnson went eyeball to eye ball morning jo johnson went eyeball to eyeball with some of the leaders of our universities and said he wants them to show leadership and restraint when it comes to their own pay packages. he went further and said he was tired of opening newspapers and reading about salaries thinks are perhaps too generous or unjustified in some cases. the plan is they will be fined if they cannot prove there is a very justifiable reason fined if they cannot prove there is a veryjustifiable reason for a vice chancellor to get a generous salary. on average, vice chancellors get something in the region of £250,000.
for some universities that can go much higher. the vice chancellor of the university of bath owns a salary of £a15,000. that of course in the face of rising student debt, people going to university this september will be charged £9,250 in many cases per year for their university course. the ministers are trying to say, restrain yourselves a bit, draw your horns in a bit, but in practical terms, what he will be able to do right now, we‘re not sure, because of the university can say, we are worth it, we are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to this country, then i think the status quo will probably remain. thank you. one in five people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual have experienced a hate crime — that‘s according to the campaign group stonewall. but more than 80% of the victims don‘t report the crime to the police. stonewall say that three out of five gay men don‘t feel comfortable holding their partner‘s hand in the street, so today, they are launching a campaign —
"come out for lgbt". england have begun their third and deciding test against the west indies at lord‘s. jimmy anderson began the dayjust three wickets away from becoming only the sixth bowler in history to take 500 test wickets. our correspondent, joe wilson, is there. the floodlights behind me at lord‘s has been used already today, reminding us of the first test match of the series, and lights that adjusts them with the pink ball when the west indies were overwhelmed. —— under the lights at edgbaston. anderson chasing history. a classic lord smith jar of novelty and nostalgia. perhaps we value the sunshine more in september, a late burst of energy at lord‘s. the last match for test match special commentator henry blow felt, dressed
to stop the traffic, you will know him by his voice. very good to be here. how are you feeling this morning? pre-match nerves? no, i am waking up still, i have not been through a full infantry of how i am. we‘re hoping for a revivalfor west indies? it would be lovely if they won the series. these players are sporting representatives of the caribbean and at a time of deep distress and much of that region, they know their role, to inspire. but they had to face james anderson. bull—macro, he has put another down! that should have been his a98 test wicket, his old pal there, alastair cook. sorry, mate. you cannot keep anderson down for long. someone has got to hold a catch. gone, 11:a5am, and the unprecedented 500th wicket in reach. one opponent of cricket
that you can never overcome. rain interrupted play but only briefly. at 12:39pm, a99. anderson intends to keep going, notjust here, but for yea rs. west keep going, notjust here, but for years. west indies will resume shortly on 35—2, needing more of the concentration and conviction we saw in the second test match. james andersonjust about in the second test match. james anderson just about finishing his lunch right now and he will come back and he will be as hungry to bowl again as ever in his long career, i think. bowl again as ever in his long career, ithink. thank bowl again as ever in his long career, i think. thank you. joe wilson there. it‘s a big day for prince george. this morning was his first day at school. he was taken there by prince william. his mother, the duchess of cambridge, couldn‘t attend as she‘s pregnant with her third child and suffering acute morning sickness. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. it is a daunting day for any four—year—old, no matter who you are, and george arrived looking, well, understandably a little nervous
for his first day at the new school in south london his parents have chosen for him. dad was there to take his hand and carry his schoolbag, but not mum. she had to remain at kensington palace, suffering from acute pregnancy sickness. each day at thomas‘s school in battersea starts with a handshake with the headteacher. george knew what was required, as did his father. and then it was time for those shiny new school shoes to head for the classroom to find the peg for george cambridge and to meet the 20 other four—year—olds, boys and girls, who will be in the reception class with him. for william, it may have prompted memories of the day 30 years ago when he was taken by his mother for his first day at school. back then, it was all rather more formal. a boys only school complete with a school cap. fast forward 30 years and george‘s school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport and human values. it is a choice of school which represents a bit of a break
with royal tradition. nothing too radical, of course — it is still private and fee—paying, but it is coeducational and the school has a strong emphasis on kindness. george will find that "be kind" is one of the guiding principles for pupils here, together with courtesy and humility. all useful qualities for a future king. nicholas witchell, bbc news, battersea. time for a look at the weather. hurricane irma first making landfall in barbuda, leaving the island barely habitable. a direct hit to sign more than, 95% of buildings destroyed according to locals. not heard much about the british virgin islands yet, they took a direct hit